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Old 04-10-2002, 10:17 AM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
Posts: 3,596

Sounds like the master or slave cylinder or both are leaking. If the cylinder behind the clutch pedal is leaking you will see it on the rug. If it is the one at the clutch you should see some evidence of leaking on the ground. In any case, it looks like it is time to replace one or both of them. I had this happen when I came home from a long business trip and picked my car up at the airport. Got in and pushed the clutch to the floor and there it stayed. I drove home with no clutch, starting the car in gear and then shifting clutchless. Mostly a highway drive, so I had relatively little shifting and starting in gear, but it can be done (this was on the 1986 190E 2.3-16). When I got home I added some brake fluid and the next day the clutch was slightly functional. Had both cylinders changed and works fine again. Good Luck, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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